Monday, October 18, 2010

Back to the Hospital


Greg had an appointment this morning and the doctors decided to admit him to the hospital.  His weight has spiked over the past week and the excess water is effecting him to the point where he can barely think straight, he is utterly exhausted, and he's having trouble breathing.  He will be in the hospital until at least Wednesday so that they can use IV diuretics to take off the excess water and so that they can start him on the new medication I mentioned in my last post.  It does appear that his heart is going in and out of atrial flutter - hopefully the new medication will fix that.

Greg is actually really glad to be going to the hospital this time - which shows how truly miserable he feels!  We're at home right now waiting for the call from the hospital that there is a bed open for him.  Greg fell asleep immediately after we got home from the appointment this morning and I'm hoping he'll continue getting good rest at the hospital too.  Hopefully by the end of the week he'll be able to come home with a lot less water on board and feeling much better!  Please pray that this medication would be really effective at preventing arrhythmias in Greg's heart.  If the doctors cannot get his arrhythmias controlled they are going to need to put Greg on the "fast track" to transplant - and they, and we, don't want that.  Also please pray that Greg and I would have a supernatural level of peace that is above our circumstances.  To start the new medication they must take Greg off of one that has really been our safety blanket for nearly 2 years and his heart seems to be so dependent on it to be safe.  We trust that the doctors know what they are doing but its difficult to have that sense of security taken away.

When we got home from the appointment this morning I checked the mail and we had a flood of cards from so many of you reminding us of God's love and that you care for and are praying for us.  I can't even begin to express how much of a boost that was for us!  We were feeling really down about having to go back to the hospital again and hearing more difficult news, and then to get such encouragement in the mail was awesome.  Thank you so much.  Every card we receive feels like a much-needed hug!



  1. Greg and Elise, we will keep praying! I love you both and am sending a hug to you. You can't have too many! - Kathie (I just realized I need to leave my name or you would have no idea who wrote this.)

  2. We love you both so much and we and your WHOLE "Zelienople network" are praying so hard for you.

    There is a song lyric that has become an anthem of sorts for me. It says:

    Oh no, You never let go
    Through the calm and through the storm
    Oh no, You never let go
    In every high and every low
    Oh no, You never let go
    Lord, You never let go of me

    Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
    And there will be an end to these troubles
    But until that day comes
    Still I will praise You, still I will praise You

    Those words bring me comfort as I hope they do you also.

    Love you SO much!